Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been one of the hottest properties in the January transfer window and indeed beyond it too. The 21-year-old Columbian has been in red hot form for Graeme Murty’s side this season and it’s no surprise that other clubs have recently taken a keen interest. It’s believed that Morelos was the subject of a bid exceeding £7 million from Chinese side Beijing Renhe recently, but doubts surrounding his future have now been put to bed.
Morelos began his career with Columbian side Independiente Medellin and his goal scoring ability was soon recognised by European sides with Finnish side HJK the ones to initially take a bit of a gamble on him. They loaned Morelos in from Medellin with an option to buy and after hitting 16 goals in 30 games they were left in no doubt; so they made his switch a permanent one.
He followed up an initial first season by once again delivering the goods in front of goal, and once again this alerted potential suitors to his potential. Rangers are believed to have paid around £1 million for the Columbian striker’s services and already that is looking great value for money especially when you consider they could have sold him for in excess of £7 million just 7 months after signing him.
This was always going to be a huge season for Rangers as they looked to overthrow Celtic as the Scottish Premier League champions. They were very inconsistent during the opening stages of the campaign under former manager Pedro Caixinha, but Morelos has consistently produced in front of goal all season. In fact, he is on course to be the Top Goalscorer in the SPL, with him being 5/2 at top betting sites to claim the accolade.
Since arriving at Ibrox, Morelos has played 35 games in all competitions and in that time he has managed to score 17 goals and provide 6 assists for teammates. As things stand he’s currently the second highest goal scorer in the division behind Kilmarnock’s Kris Boyd and with age very much on his side he’s only going to get even better.
It’s no surprise that other clubs quickly came calling for the young striker who has managed to score the goals at every club he has turned out for so far. With China calling Rangers quickly moved to tie him down to a new deal on improved terms. The contract now sees him extend his stay at Ibrox for the next three years. This is a huge boost for the club as they look to finally get back to their best and challenge Celtic for the title.
Morelos has already turned out at international level for Columbia too at both U17 and U20 levels. He’s believed to be eager to become a regular fixture in the senior national side alongside the likes of Radamel Falcao and Luis Muriel. Furthermore, Rangers manager Graeme Murty has insisted that this could become a reality by staying at Ibrox for the next few years and continuing to score the goals and help the club challenge for silverware.